Picks and Pans Review: Post Coitum

updated 04/13/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/13/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Brigitte Rouan, Boris Terral

Diane (Roüan) is a chic, 40-year-old Frenchwoman who lives in Paris, is happily married, has two well-adjusted teenage sons and a thriving career as a book editor. Then she meets Emilio (Terral), the shaggy-haired, hunky, twentysomething flatmate of one of her authors. Zing go the strings of her lust-filled heart. She embarks on a passionate affair with Emilio, sneaking off to bed with him every chance she gets, lying to her husband and colleagues and—in one of the film's more charming scenes—literally walking about Paris on a cloud. Then Emilio dumps her.

Post Coitum, as sharply written and directed by its likable leading lady, is a deeply felt, funny yet incisive film about love, sex, passion and regret. As the heroine says, "When you're 20 and love goes wrong, you cry because you think you'll never love again. After 40, you cry because it's far more likely that you never will." (Not rated)

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